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Google Showing Different Titles In Serps That What's On The Site


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#1 Say Yebo

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 11:03 PM

Google is showing titles in the SERPS for one of our sites that are different to what's in the <title></title> tags.

If you click on one of the results, the title that shows up in the title bar matches what's in the tags. It's just the ones in the SERPS that's different. Google throws in a few more words at the beginning. Anyone else seen this before?

The titles have not been altered recently, so it's not old tags we're seeing.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 12:08 AM

Is the site listed in DMOZ?

If so, are the titles displayed in the SERPs the same as the titles displayed in DMOZ?

If that's the case, you can use the <meta name="robots" content="NOODP"> tag in the HEAD section of your pages to suppress this use of the DMOZ titles so the actual on-page title tags would be displayed in the SERPs instead.

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#3 Jill

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 07:36 AM

Also, look in the source code of the page to see if they're somehow pulling from a second title or somewhere else.

Check Google's cache of the page as well, so you'll see the exact page that Google indexed.

#4 Say Yebo

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 04:03 PM

Seems like none of the above.

On product pages, it seems to be putting the product name in before the text provided for the title, so in the SERPS the title looks like this:

Product name - Natural organic products

But in the html it says:

<title>Natural organic products</title>

But then, on the 'forgot your password page', the title in the SERPS says:

Forgot your password - Natural organic products...

yet the phrase 'forgot your password' is nowhere in the View Source, not in the current version nor the cached version.

#5 Jill

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 04:32 PM

Can you pm me the site?

#6 Mooro

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:36 PM

Similar issue here.

If I search for our domain without the extension it uses that rather than the proper title we specify.



#7 OldWelshGuy

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 12:26 PM

I would like to have a look at this as well. Pm me the url so I can see smile.gif

#8 Mooro

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 12:09 AM

Jill, OldWelshGuy,

Private message with URL sent.

Thank you.

#9 Jill

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 08:52 AM

Mooro, just pm'd you back.

Yours is a dmoz title which can be stopped via the robots noodp Meta tag. Stick noydir in there as well. We have more info on these at the forum somewhere.

Say Yebo's was more interesting in that Google really does appear to be making up its own titles on some pages where the site is using the same title on every page of the site.

Another good reason not to do that!

#10 Mooro

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 12:58 PM

Thanks Jill!

Appreciated.




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